Susan (Sue) Johnson

Sue Johnson EdD. is the leading developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (or EFT). She is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Distinguished Research Professor in the Marital & Family Therapy Program at Alliant University in San Diego, Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) and Director of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute Inc.

Sue received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of British Columbia in 1984. She is a registered psychologist in the province of Ontario, Canada, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy and the Journal of Family Psychology.

Dr. Johnson has received a variety of awards particularly acknowledging her development of Emotionally Focused Therapy and her significant contribution to the field of couple therapy. She has received numerous honors for her work, including the Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Couple and Family Therapy Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Sue has numerous publications in the field of couples therapy. Her most recent study, Soothing the Threatened Brain: Leveraging Contact Comfort through Emotionally Focused Therapy (PLOS ONE) is a brain scan study showing that contact with a loving partner changes fear responses. The study, along with an accompanying video can be found on Sue’s most recent book, Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science in Romantic Relationships, outlines the new logical understanding of why and how we love based on new scientific evidence and cutting-edge research. Sue is also the author of bestseller, Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love.

Her 2004 book (2nd Ed), The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy: Creating Connection (Brunner Rouledge) is the basic text on EFT for couples. She is the senior editor of the 2003 book Attachment Processes in Couples Therapy (Guilford Press) and the 1994 book The Heart of the Matter (Guilford Press).